Staying re-find in warmer climes

As you probably know if you’ve visited Re-find lately, we’ve been combing the South to soak up its hospitality, manners, charm and grace. This often hot and humid region of the U.S. is not only famous for its climate, but also the warmth and gentility of its inhabitants. Since we hail from Kentucky, you’ll of course need to give us a hall pass on our extreme bias toward the South. We just can’t help it.

Today, let’s talk about keeping your stylish cool when it’s oh, so hot outside. Every proper Southern lady knows that when it comes to beating the heat, while still looking fresh and fab, one must begin her day with a cool shower and a little baby powder in all of the right places.

Next, be sure to dress appropriately. Cotton and other natural fabrics are your best friend and don’t you forget it. Pack on the polyester and you’ll wilt like a thirsty hydrangea.

Finally, less is always more when it comes to makeup, even in cooler temps. Spend your hard-earned money on the best skin care regime you can afford (we adore l’Oreal), then use it (cleanse, tone and moisturize morning and night, plus get regular facials or do a weekly exfoliation and mask at home). All of the above will help you start with flawless skin. Be sure to always, always use sunscreen. We know you love to get your bronze on, but any tan is skin damage. We are quite certain you don’t want to look like a leather saddle bag at any stage of life. No?

By the time  you get to the makeup portion of your beauty ritual, use just a hint of foundation or powder, a bit of blush and a dab or two of lip gloss. Finish with a tiny swipe of eye shadow and, or mascara, if you use it. As the day wears on, blot as needed or, just embrace that dewy look. Finally, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Drink loads of water — and maybe the occasional mint julep — followed by more water.

If all else fails ladies, run cold water over your wrists or hold them against that cool water or mint julep glass. Also, don’t be afraid to use gorgeous, handheld vintage fan. Think of it as a conversation piece and bust out your best Scarlet O’Hara.



Job interview ambush

There may have been a time, long, long ago, when it was acceptable to just show up at the office of a perspective employer. The thinking is that a) it shows you’ve got moxy and b) it affords you the chance to get your face in front of the boss and prove how awesome and professional  you are in person. That was then and this is now, so do not stage an interview ambush.

It’s safe to say that current interview etiquette dictates that even if you were in the running for a certain job based on your fantastic resume, exemplary creditials and astonishing talent and skills, popping in without an appointment will surely relegate you to the trash can file drawer. The thinking now is a) you don’t value the perspective employer’s time, b) you have boundry issues and c) you are out of touch with current business practices.

There is of course always an exception to the rule. You may consider the pop in strategy if you are in the restaurant or retail industries. That said, you’ll still want to do your homework and learn the slow times of day for the eatery or store. Also, arrive in professional attire, with copies of your resume in hand. Don’t overstay your welcome and don’t keep showing up, lest you be labled a stalker.

But again, unless you are in one of the two above industries, don’t call on them, let them call you.



Monday manners moment: Crossing guard

In this day and age, one would think the last thing a lady needs to worry about is being judged by the cross of her legs. That said, the way you sit can say a lot about you.

We all know that when wearing a skirt, we should keep it classy and avoid anything that could be remotely compared to that Sharon Stone-in-a-white-dress-move from “Basic Instinct.”  Even crossing at the knees however can prove too revealing, for example, in the thigh area, depending on the length of the skirt.

The safest stance in the leg-crossing arsenal, for any occasion and any outfit is to either move both feet to the side, knees closed, with both heels on the ground or with heels crossed. The most important thing to remember here is to keep your knees closed part, otherwise you may end up revealing a little too much about yourself.

Some things are better left a mystery.